Grease is the Word at NWSANew World School of the Arts Annual High School Musical

“Grease is the word” as New World School of the Arts high school music theater students bring the popular musical Grease to the stage, to welcome the holiday season. Led by faculty member Matthew Buffalo, the musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, which saw its debut in 1971 as a reflection of the working-class youth of its time in Chicago, will explore the true intention of the play as it was written, rather than the movie we have all come to love.

“Named after the 1950s United States working-class youth subculture, “greasers” were teenagers looking for excitement and different ways to express themselves. The show deals with social issues that are still prevalent today, such as teenage pregnancy, peer pressure and gang violence,” explained Buffalo. “The themes include love, friendship, teenage rebellion, and sexual exploration during adolescence. It is still what adolescents are feeling. In addition to that, Grease is FUN! After over a year of separation due to the pandemic, it is refreshing to take a pause and enjoy why we love musicals in the first place.”

A Florida center of excellence in the visual and performing arts, New World School of the Arts is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College, and University of Florida. NWSA provides a comprehensive program of artistic, creative, and academic development through a curriculum that reflects our community and the rich multicultural state of Florida. Through our partners NWSA confers the high school diploma, Associate of Arts degree, and Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees in programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance, Music, Theater and Art & Design. NWSA’s rigorous eight-year curriculum and conservatory-style teaching has empowered students in our community and our nation to become leaders in the arts for more three decades.

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GREASE opens on Friday, December 3; 7:30 PM at Louise O. Gerrits Theater; 25 NE 2nd Street, 8th Floor, Miami. Follow-up shows are on December 4, 10, 11; 7:30 PM and December 4, 5, 11, 12; 2:00 PM

Tickets are $15 for general admission; $10 for students and seniors.

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